Nearly every Republican in the U.S. Senate – except Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins – signed a letter stating that they would fight any effort to permit taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.

The Feb. 5 letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer affirms support of the federal Hyde Amendment, a longstanding policy in which Congress has agreed to severely limit the use taxpayer dollars to underwrite abortion. Since 1976 the amendment has enjoyed decades of bipartisan support, including from then-Senator Joe Biden. It has been signed into law by both Republican and Democrat presidents alike.

Each year, Hyde bans the use of federal funds to pay for abortion, except to save the life of the woman or if the pregnancy results from rape or incest. In recent years, however, support has waned among Democrats and pro-abortion Republicans, like Murkowski and Collins.

The letter observes that abortion is not health care but rather a “brutal procedure that destroys the life of an innocent unborn child.”

The 2016 Democratic Party platform marked the first time a major political party made a direct call to repeal the Hyde Amendment. In 2018, Murkowski and Collins were the only two Republicans to vote against the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would have made the Hyde Amendment permanent. Murkowski’s vote proved decisive as it failed 48-47.

Then, while running for president in 2019, Joe Biden abandoned his staunch, decades-long support of Hyde. He has now pledged to end the pro-life policy once and for all.

The letter from Senate Republicans, however, demonstrates that abolishing Hyde won’t come without a battle.

“We are deeply opposed to efforts to allow taxpayer funding of abortion on demand and eliminate this more than four-decade-old consensus,” the letter states. “Instead, we urge you to allow the Senate to continue its long tradition of bipartisan cooperation in enacting annual appropriations, as well as other health-related spending, with longstanding pro-life protections intact.”

The letter observes that abortion is not health care but rather a “brutal procedure that destroys the life of an innocent unborn child.”

It adds that the Hyde Amendment “reflects a consensus that millions of pro-life Americans who are profoundly opposed to abortion should not be coerced into paying for it or incentivizing it with their taxpayer dollars.” It also notes that a 2021 Marist poll found that nearly six in ten Americans, including even more than a third of those who identify as pro-choice, oppose the use of their taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions.

In addition to preserving the Hyde, the letter says it is “equally important that the Senate maintain all other longstanding pro-life protections in Federal law” including “prohibitions on funding for abortion and abortion coverage for the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, as well as foreign aid.”

The letter also voices strong support for continuing to prevent the District of Columbia from funding elective abortions and prohibiting the destruction of human embryos in federally funded research.

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Murkowski won’t sign on with Senate Republicans to oppose taxpayer funded abortion on demand

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Ruth Ewig says:

    When Lisa Murkowski ran again after her father put her in his slot in Congress she ran as a prolife candidate. Why the change? Loren Leman once called it “tarmac disease.” Perhaps she has been living in “the swamp” for too long. Hmmmmm.

  • Steve says:

    Lisa has turned evil, believes the unborn have no right to take that first breath on their own. Lisa will say and do anything to appease her liberal supporter. When I think of Lisa Murkowski I visualize a pure nasty woman.

    • Joyce says:

      Vote her out! She’s going to have the blood of millions of babies on her hands
      Hope she enjoys burning with the devil

      • Apologist says:

        Separate Church and State, by forcing my imaginary deity into law.

      • TCN says:

        Murder is murder, no matter the religion or lack thereof of the person who commits it. You may have noticed that our system of laws is based upon the 10 Commandments, whether they came from God or didn’t is not the issue. If you are stating that, by being an atheist, you are all in on murdering babies, you might want to rethink your own morality, based upon nothing, and how it affects your ability to live in a civilized society.

  • Mike says:

    I’ve contacted her on numerous occasions, never receiving an acceptable response, most time’s nothing at all.
    This last time i pointed out that i pray for her soul, as she has taken a dangerous position on the side of abortionist. I asked her to change course so that her own children could be proud of her and i hoped they would bear her many grandchildren. And that as she holds them she would continually ponder the affect her decisions have made on those who will never know they’re own grandchild.

    On judgement day if i looked over and there was Lisa, id scoot down a bit; get some distance between yourself and her!

    • MICHAEL HUGHES says:

      I have never received responses when contacting her, and this over many years. Is impeachment out of the question?

  • NAV says:

    Lisa good luck with your political stance standing before GOD killing his innocence for profit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • R says:

    Responding to one of my letters, Lisa wrote that she did view the Daleiden tapes. I cannot imagine what drives her to such anger which is evident by the way she votes – seems to be beyond right reason. Prayers for all of Congress, for sure.

  • Michael Alexander says:

    She is owned lock, stock and barrel by Planned Parenthood. The solution, don’t vote for her ever again, no matter who her opponent is.

  • Linda says:

    I just wonder if she was abused as a child! She has a lot of anger!

  • Diana L. Straub says:

    Senator Murkowski can be recalled if any person(s) should choose to invest his or her free-time, money, and effort into such an endeavor.

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